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Fort Myers is commonly referred to as the City of Palms. Thomas Edison originally planted palm trees on McGregor Blvd thus giving the city it's name. More detailed history on the city of Fort Myers.
People move to SW Florida to enjoy our good weather and year round activities. Up North people feel shut in for months at a time due to intolerable weather. Statistics show people live longer when they are active. Combine activity with beautiful sunshine and excellent health care and you can see why so many people love Fort Myers. However, we're not just retirees in sunny Southwest Florida. Our population has changed much over the years and we've become younger and younger with more companies moving to the sunshine state and active people who enjoy boating, golf, and of course our world famous beaches.
Fort Myers has many sections. The Downtown River District is undergoing revitalization and new high rises are coming to downtown as well as hotels and convention centers. We recently had Don Paight, Downtown Redevelopment Direct explain all the changes coming to downtown.
South Ft Myers extends from the southern city lines down through San Carlos Park. South Ft Myers has long been considered the exclusive part of Ft Myers with developments like Gulf Harbour, Reflection Lakes, Renaissance, Fiddlesticks and the like but Downtown is making a push with high rise condos and entertainment.
Of course Fort Myers is home to some of the best beaches in the world. Just to the South is Fort Myers Beach which is a white sandy beach with lots of places to stay and entertainment.
Just to the West is Sanibel and Captiva Islands, also some of the best beaches and close to excellent fishing. Boca Grande Pass is considered the top tarpon fishing spot in the world. It's fun to take a boat out and watch them fish these massive fish.